Ladies tune up for PSAC meet: Case breaks 5K record at Gina Relays G

Published by adviser, Author: Brian Hepfinger - Rocket Contributor, Date: May 9, 2013

The Slippery Rock University women’s track and field team hosted the Last Chance meet last weekend before heading to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships at Millersville University this weekend.

The team had three NCAA provisional marks met in the pole vault and two in the javelin.

Junior Julia Cain placed second in the pole vault, with a clearance of 3.81 meters. With that clearance, Cain is now in ninth place overall among Division II athletes. Freshman Kaitlyn

Clark also hit the NCAA provisional clearance in the pole vault with a jump of 3.68 meters. Senior Angela Schroeder had the third NCAA provisional clearance in pole vault last weekend, with a clearance of 3.55 meters.

Cain and Clark head to Millersville this weekend as the top two seeds.

Defending outdoor champion, Lexi Arnold won the javelin event with an NCAA provisional throw of 41.69 meters.

Freshman Sam Taylor also hit the NCAA provisional mark in the javelin, placing third with a throw of 40.89 meters. Arnold and Taylor are ranked as the top-two seeds for the PSAC Championships.

Sophomore Katelyn Wetzel won the 100-meter dash at the Last Chance invite, with a season-best time of 11.97 seconds. She will represent the sprinters as the top-seed in the 100-meter dash and the third seed in the 200-meter dash at PSACs. Sophomore Samantha Zampetti took second in the event, with a time of 12.33 seconds and freshman Emily Moroco placed third, with a time of 12.44 seconds.

Freshman Bryana Clayton won the 400-meter hurdles, with a PSAC-qualifying time of 1:07.50. Freshman Linda Roldan won the high jump event with a season-best clearance of 1.63 meters and freshman Bronte Soul won the triple jump event, with a leap of 10.79 meters.

In the 4×400-meter dash, Wetzel and freshmen Summer Weinheimer, Lexie Nowakowski, and Cassandra Swartzbaugh won the event, with a season-best time of 3:58.03. They will enter the weekend as the sixth seed.

Freshman Ashley West leads the conference with a clearance of 1.72 meters in the high jump. She’s also ranked ninth in the long jump.

Sophomore Brittany Christiansen enters the hammer throw as the second seed this weekend with a throw of 49.77 meters.

Last weekend at the Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Michigan, senior Stephanie Case broke the school record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:50.54, good for ninth place overall.

The previous school record was set by Crystal Burnick back in 2011.

Sophomore Ang Bagwell hit the NCAA provisional qualifying time at Hillsdale, running 11:11.94 for a 12th place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Case is the second seed in the 10,000-meter run and Bagwell is eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase heading into the conference meet this weekend.

Head coach John Papa said that his team has worked hard thus far, and they are ready for the PSAC Championships.

“We are excited about the upcoming PSAC meet,” Papa said.  “Our athletes have worked very hard this entire school year to get ready for this event.”

He went on to say that he has confidence in his team, and they are ready for the test.

“I am confident that we will perform well,” Papa said.  “The competition at this event will be fierce in every event; we are ready for the challenge.”


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